Tomb Raider Star Alicia Vikander Talks Lara Croft’s Revival

The Tomb Raider reboot is by far one of the most exciting movies coming in 2018. It’s being helmed by Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (The Wave), and stars Alicia Vikander (The Man From U.N.C.L.E) as the iconic adventurer Lara Croft. Based off the renowned video game franchise, Tomb Raider will again follow Croft on her many wild adventures through ancient landmarks – only in this case, she will be a much younger and less-experienced version than previous depictions.

The character was last seen on the big screen in 2003’s Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, starring Angelina Jolie. And we all know how that one went. Until recently it seemed like there was no chance the series would ever be rebooted – especially with Hollywood’s ongoing losing streak of video game adaptations like Prince of Persia, Warcraft, and even the underrated Assassin’s Creed. Thankfully, Vikander and company made it happen. Not only that, it really seems like the film is heading down the right path.

Speaking to EW, Vikander revealed that her version of Croft will be separate from Jolie’s in more ways than one. She explained how Tomb Raider will be an origin story for the character – meaning that Croft will be a first-time explorer in the film. Furthermore, Croft will first appear as a pretentious businesswoman before she transforms into the tough adventurer that we know today.

She has all the fierce, tough, curious, intelligent traits, but we’ve stripped away all of her experience. She hasn’t gone on an adventure just yet. She thought he was a stuck up businessperson living in the modern youth culture of suburban London, but then this whole box of information. This is the beginning.

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Vikander is also inspired to bring a strong female action-hero to the big screen after her viewing of Wonder Woman earlier this year:

I went to the cinema and saw Wonder Woman the other day. It’s a mixture of joy and sadness pouring over me, as I was thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I haven’t seen women onscreen like that.

It will be interesting to see what approach both Vikander and Uthaug take to the film. Croft has a very rich and exciting backstory, so the possibilities are truly endless with what a reboot of this kind could do. And if Tomb Raider performs well, then it could also be the start of a fantastic new franchise.

We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Tomb Raider hits U.S. theaters on March 16th, 2018.

Source: EW

 

 

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The Batman Director Reveals Christopher Nolan’s Influence On The Film

Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy marked a new beginning in not only the comic book genre, but Hollywood in general. Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises proved that big-budget comic book movies can be more than just dumb entertainment. Nolan elevated the genre to a point where both a director’s personal vision and the studio’s requirements molded into something that everyone could enjoy. And since then, the director’s iconic style has clearly influenced the now-booming comic book genre in more ways than one.

The latest big screen version of the Caped Crusader – played by Ben Affleck in the ever-expanding DC Extended Cinematic Universe – is luckily trying to set itself apart from Nolan’s vision. However, that doesn’t mean his acclaimed trilogy has been completely forgotten for a brand-new formula. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League director Zack Snyder previously revealed how he drew inspiration from Nolan’s trilogy, and now it seems another filmmaker has gone down a similar route.

War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves is attached to helm the upcoming solo movie about the Caped Crusader, titled The Batman. The film has already had some development issues, but now it seems like it may finally be on track. One reassuring aspect about The Batman, however, is Reeves’ genuine respect and admiration for Nolan. In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Reeves revealed how Nolan found ways to expand the genre without hindering the big-budget nature of the films.

“What I love that [Nolan] did was that he took the genre seriously. What studios are willing to make at the moment is a very, very narrow band of films. What I discovered is that this genre has the potential to be about something more. You can use the metaphors of the genre to talk about [a lot].”

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Reeves went on to discuss how Nolan managed to keep his personal style across all three films – which is especially tough since most studio movies don’t always see the merit in maintaining that aspect.

“I think the other thing that I really admire in what [Nolan] did was knowing what it is to make a big studio film, which often can fall into that sense of committee filmmaking where there’s an anonymity to the point of view of the film.”

There’s still a lot of unknowns at this point about The Batman. There have been rumors galore about various characters possibly appearing, script rewrites, amongst others. What fans can relax about is definitely having someone as smart as Reeves behind the camera. His phenomenal work on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, not to mention the aforementioned upcoming sequel, it’s clear he has a keen eye for how to produce a blockbuster that’s more than just summer entertainment. Let’s hope Warner Bros. lets him maintain that refreshing mentality.

The Batman is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

Patty Jenkins Hints at Likely Return For Wonder Woman 2

Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman has truly been a God-sin for Warner Bros. and the DC Extended Cinematic Universe. Their first three installments – Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Suicide Squad – have all had less-than-favorable critical and financial success. But Wonder Woman proved to everyone that there’s still plenty of hope for the DECU yet. The film received strong critical acclaim, made huge waves at the box office, and has everyone begging for a sequel. And wouldn’t you know it, Jenkins has our back.

At a screening and Q&A for her film, Jenkins announced that she would love to be return for Wonder Woman 2. The director explained that she recently had “an epiphany” about what her future holds, and that doing a sequel to the first film should be part of it. Take a look below at Jenkins’ full statement at the Women in Film screening (via Advocate).

“I had an epiphany about Wonder Woman 2. I was like, you don’t have to do this. It doesn’t have to be a foregone conclusion that you do Wonder Woman 2. But then as I was falling asleep I had an epiphany. I was like, Wait a minute. You have the greatest character of all time that you love dearly, with a cast that you love sitting at the palm of your hand at this day and age — you can do whatever you want with them — are you crazy?And then I suddenly realized, it’s not more, it’s another movie. It’s its own movie. And it’s got to be great.

It’s a continuation of the same character, but there’s a great, entirely different story to be told. With this character in our—in the world, that’s fun, because now she exists, just funny, and also says something profound about the world we’re in right now.”

Even if this isn’t an official confirmation, it seems very likely Jenkins will come back for Wonder Woman 2. But even if the sequel is a long ways away, fans will surely get their fill of the beloved character when she reappears in Zack Snyder’s Justice League this November. What’s important to keep in mind, however, is that Warner Bros. is also developing sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and more. So it’s hard to say at this point what Wonder Woman 2 will be. Luckily, we know that the talented Patty Jenkins will more than likely be back behind the camera. That should keep most fans satisfied for the time being.

Wonder Woman 2 is currently without a release date, but we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Advocate

Power Rangers Director Claims PG-13 Rating Hurt Film’s Success

Getting a franchise off the ground in today’s movie market is always a tough task. With the massive increase in “cinematic universes” like Marvel, Universal’s Dark Universe, Paramount’s Transformers films, amongst many others, there’s a very likely chance some lesser-known franchises will fall through the cracks. At least, that’s what happened to Dean Israelite’s disappointing Power Rangers reboot back in March.

Most blockbusters nowadays – particularly remakes and reboots – often lean towards a more serious, adult-oriented version of their source material. While that’s not necessarily a bad thing, you can risk limiting your audience by doing that. So if you take a campy, lighthearted television show like Power Rangers and turn it into a movie that may scare kids more than entertain them, you may have a problem. The Power Rangers‘ darker tone meant it received also sported a PG-13 rating – not the broader PG rating that Israelite wanted. Speaking to Screen Rant, the director explained how the higher rating definitely hurt his film at the box office.

“Yes, definitely. Definitely. And not only do I think it, but there’s been market studies on it, and the findings have been that if the movie were rated PG- I don’t want to go into the specific numbers- but if the movie had been rated PG, there would have been more traffic. I think parents were unsure if they could bring their kids to the movie, which surprised me, because the movie is a tame PG-13.”

The director went on to explain how he feels Power Rangers‘ darker style isn’t necessarily a bad thing for kids, as well as how he hopes the film will see the light of day now that its hit the home media front.

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“We did a lot of preview screenings, and to me, it felt like a seven-year-old might be scared, but in a good way. They liked that they were scared of Rita, but they still came out of the movie enjoying it, they liked what was going on. I think we really tread that line well, so it was disappointing that parents didn’t know that they could take their kids to it. I’m hoping now, with it coming out on DVD and Blu-ray, and On Demand, that parents will feel more comfortable. That maybe they’ll check it out for themselves and then see that it’s suitable.”

It is too bad Power Rangers did so poorly (grossing only $140 million against a $100 million production budget), but its serious tone does make the case for studios eschewing the adult-oriented blockbusters and embracing the campiness of what made the original source material so cherished. There’s obviously skepticism if there will be a sequel to Power Rangers, but more than likely we won’t be seeing it any time soon.

Power Rangers is currently out on Digital HD, and will be released on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD June 27th, 2017.

Source: Screen Rant